Appetite for Life sets out the Welsh Assembly Government’s agenda for improving the food and drink provided throughout the school day and the actions needed to make this happen.
To take this work forward a 2 year action research project involving 4 local authorities (Merthyr Tydfil, Wrexham, Ceredigion and Torfaen) started in September 2008. This approach is inclusive and interactive and involves learning by doing. It will produce valuable evidence about what works and more than that, it will be beneficial to all involved. Participants in the project will develop and test the guidelines for implementing more stringent standards for food and drink provided in our schools. This provides us with real opportunity to better understand the practicalities schools may face in actually adhering to the standards proposed in Appetite for Life.
Alongside this work, Rhondda-Cynon-Taff CBC Catering services has also received funding from the Welsh Assembly Government to work with our schools to help us progress towards the new standards in Appetite for Life.
Many schools in Rhondda-Cynon-Taff CBC Catering Services are already taking steps to improve the food and drink they make available to pupils but we want to make sure this happens in all our schools. A child’s behaviour pattern is set very early in life and by the time they reach adolescence behaviours can be very hard to change. School provides an ideal opportunity to convey positive messages on healthy eating to support them through appropriate behaviours.
To find out more about what’s happening in Rhondda-Cynon-Taff CBC Catering Services contact The catering helpline on 01443 744155 or email: CateringServices@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk
The Action Plan can be found on the Welsh Assembly Government website.